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Edmund Rice Stained glass window, Contarf, Western Australia,

Artist: Brother K.P. Kent, cfc

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This prayer flows from the idea that, for Edmund Rice, coming from a whole Celtic tradition, there was no separation of the secular and the sacred. He was looking to inculcate a spiritual perspective in everything he did.

It might be suitable for the beginning of the school year.

A SERVICE OF WELCOME

  Opening Responses

Leader: God of heaven, you have made your home on earth,

ALL: CHRIST DWELLS AMONG US AND IS ONE WITH US.

Leader: Highest in all creation, he lives among the least,

ALL: HE JOURNEYS WITH THE REJECTED AND WELCOMES THE WEARY.

Leader: Come now all who thirst

ALL: AND DRINK THE WATER OF LIFE.

Leader: Come now all who hunger

ALL: AND BE FILLED WITH GOOD THINGS

Leader: Come now all who seek.

ALL AND BE WARMED BY THE FIRE OF LOVE.

Song:

Rune of Hospitality

Leader: Let us stand and say together the words of an old Celtic rune of hospitality:

ALL: WE SAW A STRANGER YESTERDAY,

WE PUT FOOD IN THE EATING PLACE,

DRINK IN THE DRINKING PLACE,

MUSIC IN THE LISTENING PLACE

AND, WITH THE SACRED NAME OF THE TRIUNE GOD,

HE BLESSED US AND OUR HOUSE,

OUR CATTLE AND OUR DEAR ONES.

Leader: As the lark says in her song:

Often, often, often, goes Christ in the stranger's guise.

A Sign of Welcome (in which we greet the people next to us)

 

Reading: From Anum Cara by John O'Donohue

The Celtic mind was neither discursive nor systematic. Yet in their lyrical speculation, the Celts brought the sublime unity of life and experience to expression. The Celtic mind was not burdened by dualism. It did not separate what belongs together. The Celtic imagination articulated the inner friendship which embraces nature, divinity, underworld and human world as one. The dualism which separates the visible from the invisible, time from eternity, the human from the divine, was totally alien to them. Their sense of ontological friendship yielded a world of experience imbued with a rich texture of otherness, ambivalence, symbolism and imagination. For our sore and tormented separation, the possibility of this imaginative and unifying friendship is the Celtic gift. (pp 15-16)

. THE SCRIBE'S TOOLS. (c.f. Edmund Rice's habit of bringing all his correspondence into the chapel.)

Silence

Remembering those who have gone before us.

Prayers for special needs.

 

Song: Dwelling Place.

Final Prayer: 'Come, Host of Heaven'

Come, Host of Heaven's high dwelling place,

Come, earth's disputed guest,

Find in this house a welcome home,

Stay here and take your rest.

Surround these walls with faith and love,

That through the nights and days,

When human tongues from speaking cease,

These stones may echo praise.

Bless and inspire those gathered here

with patience, hope and peace,

And all the joys that know the depth

In which all sorrows cease.

Here may the losers find their worth,

The strangers find a friend,

Here may the hopeless find their faith

And aimless find an end.

Build from the human fabric signs

of how your kingdom thrives;

Of how the Holy Spirit changes life

Through changing lives.

So to the Lord whose care enfolds

The world held in his hands

Be glory, honour, love and praise

For which this house now stands.

(With thanks to the Iona Community.)


EDMUND’S SONG

Verse

1.

Edmund’s life calls many people

To the Gospel – the story of love

They’ve taken, taken that story

In their hearts, in their minds, in their lives.

2

Good News to all races

Cross the oceans and borders of the world

Edmund’s story, a story for the Earth

Message for the margins of the Earth.

Chorus The Gospel is the Jesus Story

The Gospel is the Story of Love for us

And Edmund he lived out that Story

Love and Justice to the Margins of the Earth

Love and Justice to the Margins, to the Poor

Love and Justice to the Margins of the World.

3

Sometimes we’re broken and falling

Make mistakes and need calling back

So Edmund can lead us to the Dream

God’s Dream for us and the Earth

Chorus  

4

Thank God our Mother and Father

Thank the Spirit for the Story of Love

Edmund Rice our inspiration

Walk with us in love and service.

Kevin P Ryan


Edmund’s Favourite Prayer

MEMORARE

Remember, most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, Virgin of Virgins, My Mother; to you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in you mercy hear and answer me. Amen

 


Prayer for a Favour Through the Intercession of Edmund Rice

Edmund's statue of Mother Mary and Child, Mt. Sion.

O God you inspired Edmund Rice to follow your Son in a life of consecrated service of the poor and of all in need of a truly Christian education. Grant through your intercession, I beseech you, the petition I now make

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and so hasten the day when he will be publicly honoured among the saints of your Church. Amen.

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